President Trump calls for DOJ investigation into alleged Manchester leak

Alvin Kelly
May 26, 2017

Leaks from an investigation into the Manchester terror attack are undermining the investigation, British police said on Thursday as the BBC reported that police had stopped sharing information with the United States. A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States due to leaks blamed on US officials.

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British-born man with Libyan parents, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue after a concert by United States singer Ariana Grande, whose fans are mostly children and teenagers. Abidi's sister, Jomana Abedi, told the Wall Street Journal she believes her brother was motivated by bombing raids conducted in Syria by the USA -led coalition fighting the Islamic State.

If confirmed, the halt to the sharing investigative details with Britain's most important defence and security ally would underscore the level of anger in Britain at leaks to the US media of details about the police investigation.

Within hours of Rudd's statement, The New York Times published photographs purportedly showing remnants of the bomb detonated at the concert.

Manchester/London: British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would tell US President Donald Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure after leaks to US media about the Manchester attack.

In March, a British-born convert to Islam plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament.

He said: "If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain - perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber - then that's a real problem and they have every right to be furious".

Police are trying to determine whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi acted alone when he set off his explosives at the end of a pop concert at a Manchester arena.

"Our coverage of Monday's horrific attack has been both comprehensive and responsible", the newspaper said.

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With that as a backdrop, sad news about other young victims trickled out on Wednesday.

Blair said he though the government was right to raise the threat level to critical but said the security services should not bear too much of the criticism for not keeping watch on Abedi, given the sheer numbers on the agencies' watchlist.

Flowers and messages of condolence are left for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

He said he had heard that Salman's father took his son's passport away amid concerns about his close ties to alleged extremists and criminals.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Wednesday they were investigating a "network" of terrorists linked to the British-born Abedi.

He said his son sounded "normal" when he last spoke to him five days ago, adding that Abedi had visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago.

"To have information put in the public domain before it was put there by people here is just wrong".

The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi insisted Wednesday in an interview with the AP that Salman had no links to militants, saying "we don't believe in killing innocents".

"The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland", a statement said.

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